Tag Archives | Peace

Baptism, The Goodness of God, and Our Need For Revival

On July 15, 2017, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Wrightsville Beach, I was baptized by my dear friend, Kevin Adams. Then, I had the honor and privilege of baptizing my oldest son, Matthew, and my mom, Mary Grey. To celebrate, we put together a short video below. For me, this event marks a new chapter in my life—a stepping in to my calling to pastor and lead people for God’s purposes. It’s because of this vision and because […]

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Courageous Patience

It has taken me four years to understand what I am about to share with you. In the summer of 2013, I discovered a newfound passion for writing and speaking that had previously laid dormant. Filled with excitement, I couldn’t wait for this dream to become a full-time endeavor. I was writing daily and striving like crazy to make it happen. I was effective and productive. As people began following along, my excitement grew. But hindsight often affords us the clarity we […]

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A Letter to My Family at Christmas

Christmas makes me feel like a kid again. Like I’m ten-years old sitting in the kitchen at Grandma Ham’s house on Christmas Eve, anxious and giddy about what Santa might bring. But as I come out of that hazy fog of fond memories, I realize that was twenty-five years ago. Here I am, days from turning thirty-five, a father to four beautiful children, and we’re having Christmas at my house. I see how this movie will play out and I so desperately want to press pause—to cherish these moments […]

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The History of Santa Claus

I remember being a kid, laying in bed, unable to even close my eyes, my heart thumping and my mind racing in anticipation for what Santa might bring this year. Although my friends refused to believe, I had faith that it was all real—that Santa wasn’t some made-up, imaginary story that my parents lovingly went along with. It was around my eleventh or twelfth Christmas when I started finding receipts and gift bags that caused me to question. But hope is a powerful thing. Deep […]

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After the Storm

Growing up as a kid in Coastal North Carolina, the threat of hurricanes was a staple—just like tornadoes for those in the midwest, earthquakes for those out west, and snow storms for those in the northeast, every geographic location has its nemesis. This week, Hurricane Hermine swept through the southeast and left a swath of damage in its wake, affecting millions along the coast with flooding and power outages just ahead of the holiday weekend. As the storm passed through, I went to Wrightsville […]

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A Greater Hope for Our Nation

Over the past few months, I have given an excessive amount of energy toward calming my fears about the state of our nation. I began to look to politics and the upcoming Presidential race as my source of hope. Maybe if the “right” person was elected, it will solve the problem. The weight of this misplaced hope became an anchor in my life—like I was swimming with something tied around my neck, carrying around a burden that I couldn’t pinpoint. I’d find myself waking up each morning, […]

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Finding Peace and Contentment in the Midst of Life’s Most Challenging Circumstances

The past seven months have been the most challenging seven months in my five years of being a father. Constant illness has shrouded our family and tried to rob us of peace. Whether it’s the health and well-being of those you love, your financial situation, or something completely different, I hope this testimony will provide unshakable truth and unwavering hope despite your circumstances. Our struggles began in October, when our four-year-old twins had their tonsils and adenoids out due to recurrent hospitalizations […]

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